Dusseldorf Old Town
Dusseldorf's Old Town, or Altstadt, may seem the epitome of old world charm with its cobbled streets, ornate gas lamps and elegant cafes complete with pastel-striped awnings. But, much of the district is more modern than it seems as the Old Town was bombed heavily in World War II and had to be carefully rebuilt in the following years.
What it may lack in authenticity, the Old Town more than makes up for in charm and in the warmth of its hospitality. Nicknamed 'the longest bar in the world' Dusseldorf Old Town is lined with more than 260 clubs, bars and ale houses, making it popular with tourists and locals alike.
Getting to Dusseldorf's Old Town:
Dusseldorf's Old Town is just a leisurely 30 minutes' walk along the Rhine promenade from the stylish Radisson Blu Media Harbour Hotel, Dusseldorf. The route is well serviced by trams so visitors could be in the Old Town in less than 15 minutes or even quicker by taxi.
Where to go in Dusseldorf Old Town:
- The Burgplatz - a castle square that's home to the ruins and the remaining tower of the castle of the Earl of Berg, the Burgplatz is one of the most popular meeting points in the Old Town. Here visitors will find the City Monument, a sculpture with emblems and stories depicting old and modern Dusseldorf. There are also plenty of cafes, bars and eateries here too which serve traditional German treats including Pretzels.
- An ale house - Dusseldorf is famous for brewing its own dark beer, known to locals as 'Altbier' and there is no better place to have a sip than in one of Old Town's traditional bier halles. For a sweeter tipple, try 'Killepitsch' instead, a local spiced-berry liqueur.
- The Konigsallee - Dusseldorf's exclusive mile-long shopping avenue and luxury shopping district, the Konigsallee, begins in the Old Town.